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School receives $5.2 million donation for Corps of Cadets

The University of North Georgia has received the second-largest gift in its history: property worth an estimated $5.2 million

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Annual burn ban to end today

Gainesville and Hall County residents will again be allowed to burn, beginning today, with the proper permits, according to county and city fire officials.

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Eyes on the Road: DOT holds 2nd public meeting on HOT lanes on Thursday

The second of two public meetings on a project that would bring high occupancy toll lanes closer to Hall County is set for 5–7 p.m. Thursday in Braselton.

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Statewide ban on tobacco at public universities starts today

Statewide ban on tobacco at public universities starts today

Cory Jackson, a freshman at the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus, was taken aback by news that all tobacco use will be banned on all parts of the campus, including inside cars, starting today.

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South Hall crossing gets second look for traffic light

Because of a South Hall County neighborhood’s concerns about safety, the Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting a second traffic light study at an intersection on a newly opened stretch of Ga. 347.

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Railroad moving ahead on Flowery Branch culvert repair

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is moving forward on one of two culverts it has planned to repair, while the second one will likely be on hold until the first of the year.

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Nigerian business delegates visit Brenau

Nigerian business delegates visit Brenau

Twenty-six delegates of the Nigerian Quintessential Business Women Association visited Brenau University on Tuesday in Gainesville and met for a question-and-answer session with students.

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United Way reading initiative hires coordinator

The Read Learn Succeed initiative from the United Way of Hall County took its first step toward improving childhood literacy and education last week in hiring a program coordinator.

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BlueCross, hospital agree to new long-term contract

The contract impasse between Northeast Georgia Health System and BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia is over.

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UNG receives $5.2 million donation for Corps of Cadets

The University of North Georgia has received the second largest gift in its history, property worth an estimated $5.2 million

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Gainesville Belk sets fall charity sale

Belk at Lakeshore Mall in Gainesville will join the retailer’s other stores in November for the fall charity sale.

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The Local Agenda: Council to review public transportation routes, fares

Gainesville City Council will meet Thursday morning to hear a presentation and review routes and fares for the city’s public transit service.

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Final deal to start dredging Savannah harbor nears

Final deal to start dredging Savannah harbor nears

SAVANNAH — Within two weeks, officials expect to sign a cost-sharing deal with the federal government that’s needed to start deepening the busy shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, the Georgia Ports Authority’s top executive said Monday.

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Legacy Link moves, combining Gainesville offices

Legacy Link moves, combining Gainesville offices

Legacy Link’s three Gainesville offices are consolidating into one larger, updated office at 1480 Mundy Mill Road in Oakwood.

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Flowery Branch to consider adding 141 acres

A public hearing is planned for the annexation and rezoning of a large swath of unincorporated county land into Flowery Branch.

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As roads funding law goes into extension, long-term planning hamstrung

Transportation planners were hoping today would mark the end of short-term federal funding and Wednesday would start a period of sustained flowing of highway dollars to states and local projects.

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Proposed Gainesville annexation concerns Hall officials, residents

Plans to build a 219-lot upscale subdivision off Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier, has pitted city and county officials in another conflict over “island” properties.

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Flowery Branch woman hospitalized with flesh-eating bacteria

Flowery Branch woman hospitalized with flesh-eating bacteria

A Flowery Branch woman is hospitalized at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville after being diagnosed with flesh-eating bacteria.

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Three acquitted in Cleveland motorcycle club case

Three people accused of obstructing a federal investigation into a motorcycle club with alleged criminal ties were acquitted Thursday in United States District Court.

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State DOT buys image-boosting radio ads with tax funds

State DOT buys image-boosting radio ads with tax funds

ATLANTA — Georgia’s highway department is spending thousands of dollars in taxpayer money for rush-hour radio ads that brag about the department but provide little practical information to the public.

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Class Notes: Brenau president, Tumblr founder discuss MBAs

Brenau University President Ed Schrader joined Tumblr founder David Karp and others on a panel Friday addressing the usefulness of master of business administration programs.

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Ceremony brings up emotions for daughter of MIA Vietnam soldier

Ceremony brings up emotions for daughter of MIA Vietnam soldier

Kim Whitworth of northwest Hall County has no memory of her father, but that hasn’t stopped the flow of emotions through the years as she has sought to learn more about his fate in the Vietnam War.

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INK welcomes all to Preparedness Fair

INK welcomes all to Preparedness Fair

The Interactive Neighborhood for Kids offered North Georgia residents a chance Sunday in Gainesville to learn how to react in emergencies.

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Area gas prices to drop through end of the year

Gasoline prices in the Gainesville area are likely to drop through the end of the year, following a trend across the nation, according to a spokesman for AAA.

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Longstreet Clinic hopes renovations improve customer service

Longstreet Clinic hopes renovations improve customer service

The Longstreet Clinic has embarked on a series of renovations to better care for patients and has also expanded services and hours.

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GOP files response to claim of discrimination by former employee

A Gainesville woman’s lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the Georgia Republican Party is moving forward, with the party responding to the accusations, according to court records.

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Records tell tale of firefighters' rescue on July 22

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Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Candidate profiles: U.S. House

Doug Collins

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At long last, 2 Vietnam vets to get names on Gainesville memorial

At long last, 2 Vietnam vets to get names on Gainesville memorial

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War, economy top U.S. House 9th District issues

Incumbent Republican Doug Collins of Gainesville will square off against Democrat David Vogel of Hull in the 9th District U.S. House race this November.

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Cancer survivor pays it forward with benefit

Cancer survivor pays it forward with benefit

A year ago, Kelsey Bishop had cancer and needed a bone marrow transplant.

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Shore Sweep cleans up Lake Lanier, for people and wildlife

Shore Sweep cleans up Lake Lanier, for people and wildlife

The Gainesville Marina was one of six locations in Hall County participating in the annual Shore Sweep event hosted by the Lake Lanier Association, as volunteers came together to help remove the trash and debris from the lake and the shorelines.

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Election 2014: State races come to Gainesville

Election 2014: State races come to Gainesville

Gov. Nathan Deal and Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue teamed up for a get-out-the-vote rally Saturday morning at the Gainesville Civic Center, with each touting their conservative credentials and urging voters to support GOP candidates nationally and statewide this election cycle.

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No one hurt in early morning Gainesville apartment fire

No one was injured but two families displaced by an early morning apartment fire in Gainesville.

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INK plans emergency preparedness fair

The public is invited to the second annual Emergency Preparedness Fair hosted by Interactive Neighborhood for Kids.

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Donor visits Da Vinci Academy museum where fossils are displayed

Donor visits Da Vinci Academy museum where fossils are displayed

Darla Roberts has loved dinosaurs since she was 6 years old.

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His robots save lives, not take them

His robots save lives, not take them

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Commerce woman, police dispute spoon in meth case

Commerce woman, police dispute spoon in meth case

Gainesville police and a Commerce woman disagree on the contents and color of a spoon that led to a drug charge against her that was later dropped.

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Annexations spur talk of unifying Dawsonville, county governments

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Hearts and Hands Emporium offers deals to help heal

Hearts and Hands Emporium offers deals to help heal

Bargains weren’t the only driving force behind shoppers attending Friday’s annual Hearts and Hands Emporium in the banquet hall at First Baptist Church, 751 Green St., Gainesville.

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Gainesville man pleads not guilty to grandmother's stabbing death

Gainesville man pleads not guilty to grandmother's stabbing death

A Gainesville man indicted in June in the death of his grandmother has pleaded not guilty, according to the Hall County district attorney’s office.

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Deal, Collins make campaign stop in Gainesville

Deal, Collins make campaign stop in Gainesville

Two Gainesville leaders seeking re-election made a joint campaign stop Friday in Gainesville.

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Brenau University honors master nurses

Brenau University honors master nurses

Brenau University honored six Northeast Georgia nurses Thursday at Featherbone Communiversity for their compassion, care and expertise.

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Farmers market coming to Newtown

Beginning next year, Newtown community residents will have access to even more locally grown produce than what currently grows in the Ruby Wilkins Community Garden.

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Group seeks opportunities for the disabled

All About Developmental Disability advocates asked the public Thursday to “be the voice” for people with developmental disabilities.

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Rabid beaver had contact with human in Hall County

A rabies alert has been issued for the Looper Lake Point area in North Hall County after a person had contact with a rabid beaver.

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Fallen trooper honored with highway marker 37 years after death

Fallen trooper honored with highway marker 37 years after death

The call came over the radio, a 10-7 (out of service) and 10-42 (end of tour of duty) for Georgia State Patrol Trooper Tyrone Collier Dillard. It was a call that gave a dignified sign-off for Dillard, who died while directing traffic Feb. 3, 1977, on U.S. 129.

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Hall commissioners deny request to close Beards Road

The Hall County Board of Commissioners denied a request Thursday night to abandon a 1,200-foot portion of Beards Road in South Hall and intends to pave the dirt road instead.

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Two suspects indicted in West Avenue shooting

An alleged drug deal ending in the death of the man police say was the dealer has led to two men being indicted on felony murder charges.

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Gainesville homeless man indicted on murder charges

A Gainesville homeless man was indicted Tuesday on two counts of felony murder, having allegedly slammed another homeless man’s head against a metal guardrail.

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Metro Gainesville jobless rate down in August

The metro Gainesville unemployment rate for August fell to 6.7 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 7 percent in July, Georgia Department of Labor announced today.

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Middle school students collect, present insects

Middle school students collect, present insects

Wednesday was the day for Directed Studies’ annual Bug Extravaganza in the media center of North Hall Middle School. Students had to collect at least 25 insects over the summer for the independent study project and research their scientific classifications and names. The event also featured musical presentations as well as entomology presentations by the students and buggy treats to eat.

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Six computers stolen from Oakwood Wal-Mart

Six computers stolen from Oakwood Wal-Mart

Oakwood police are asking for any information in the theft of six computers from a local Wal-Mart.

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Badge & Bar: Hall fire marshal elected to state association post

Hall County Fire Marshal Scott Cagle traveled to Macon last week to represent only Hall County, but he came back as an advocate for 118 more counties.

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Governor’s race ads drive campaign spending

ATLANTA — Georgia voters who are tired of political advertising this year should count small blessings: It could always be worse.

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No death penalty for dad charged in toddler death

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Hospital, BlueCross still negotiating insurance contract

It seems like an annual or biennial ritual: Contract talks between a hospital and a major health insurer break down, and customers and patients are warned of looming deadlines.

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Lakefront property owners plan 2nd appeal of tax bills

Some lakefront property owners are still unhappy with their tax assessments after revised notices were mailed last week, and promise to appeal once more, this time to the state Board of Equalization.

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Newly widened section of Ga. 347 set to open

Newly widened section of Ga. 347 set to open

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists today, nearly two months earlier than expected.

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Hall County likely to rescind vote on prison steel contract

Hall County likely to rescind vote on prison steel contract

When the Hall County Board of Commissioners meets tonight, it will likely rescind a vote made two weeks ago awarding a contract to Scroggs & Grizzel Contracting of Gainesville to provide structural steel and other construction materials for the new correctional institute.

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All lanes of Ga. 347 stretch set to open Thursday

Four lanes of Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway between Interstate 985 and McEver Road are expected to be open to motorists by 5 p.m. Thursday, nearly two months earlier than expected.

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Gainesville police prepare for digital system

Gainesville police prepare for digital system

Two weeks before Christmas, the Gainesville Police Department will ditch pen and paper and begin the process of digital reporting.

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Hall hopes to improve rundown areas by purchasing vacant property

Hall County officials are considering creating a new agency that aims to revitalize tax-foreclosed, vacant and abandoned property.

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Eyes on the Road: Lane shift scheduled on Ga. 347 project

Traffic is scheduled to shift Monday on Ga. 347 in Braselton as the Georgia Department of Transportation continues work on widening the South Hall County road.

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Disability advocates to hold meeting

The public is invited to take part in “Conversations that Matter,” a town hall meeting addressing employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

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North Forsyth woman charged with taking $33K for legal services she couldn’t provide

A Forsyth County grand jury handed down an indictment last week of a North Forsyth woman arrested as part of an investigation into possible fraudulent legal practices.

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Man indicted on murder charges Forsyth child’s death

A 25-year-old Butts County man has been indicted on several charges in connection with the February beating death of a 3-year-old North Forsyth County boy.

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Supreme Court advised to delay taking on water war case

Supreme Court advised to delay taking on water war case

The U.S. solicitor general said he believes the Supreme Court should put off accepting a Florida lawsuit that accuses Georgia of consuming too much water.

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Chapter for Don Carter State Park OK’d

Friends of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites has given its OK to a new chapter representing Don Carter State Park in North Hall County.

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Part of Wilshire Trails Park to close Wednesday for concrete maintenance

A portion of Wilshire Trails Park will be closed Wednesday and possibly Thursday, according to Gainesville Parks and Recreation.

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Libertarian candidate for governor Hunt addresses UNG students

Libertarian candidate for governor Andrew Hunt spoke Monday to the Politically Incorrect Club at the University of North Georgia, outlining his platform as a third-party candidate.

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Change in seasons brings milder weather to area

Change in seasons brings milder weather to area

The fall season officially begins today, bringing cooler temperatures throughout the week. The break from the summer heat has allowed several Hall County residents the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, whether it be a brisk walk through the square or relaxing downtown.

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The Local Agenda: Hall is hotbed for election candidates

Election season is heating up as Republican and Democratic candidates swing through Hall County in the next week.

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Sandra Deal addresses GOP voters

Republican voters swarmed the clubhouse Monday at the Village at Deaton Creek to welcome U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, his wife, Bonnie, first lady of Georgia Sandra Deal and State Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville.

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Man pleads guilty to killing Gainesville woman

Man pleads guilty to killing Gainesville woman

MINNEAPOLIS — A 25-year-old man was sentenced Monday to life in prison with a chance for parole after admitting he killed a second woman in the Twin Cities and left her body in an abandoned car.

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